12 Fantasy Tips For Week 5

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We’ll be more than a quarter of the way through the season when the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals kick off tonightThere’s the possibility that some of the players you were counting on to carry your team are floundering, meaning pick-ups and trades will be a vital part of getting your team up to where it should be.

And even then, picking the right matchups continues to give you the best chance in tight matchups. The number of bye weeks multiplied this week, so the number of options you have to shift in and out of your lineup also diminishes.

We’ve given our opinion on who should be started and taken out of your lineup for Week 5. The advice is based on a 10-team standard league.

The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are all on bye weeks.

START: Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens Quarterback vs. KC

Flacco is worthy of a start based on everything we've seen from him this season. He continues to develop chemistry with his receivers and the Chiefs have proven to be a mediocre pass defence this season.

Season Total: 99/156, 1,269 yards, seven touchdowns, three interceptions

Six carries, six yards, one touchdown

SIT: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback vs. PHI

The Philadelphia Eagles secondary will present a daunting challenge for the Pittsburgh receivers this weekend. The Steelers have been forced to throw as the running game sputtered, but Rashard Mendenhall should return this week.

Season Total (3 gms.): 82/120, 904 yards, eight touchdowns, one interception

Three carries, 12 yards

START: Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants Running Back vs. CLE

Bradshaw was the recipient of the workload during last week's game against the Eagles, despite Andre Brown's stellar performance the week before. Expect a balanced attack against the Browns' inferior defence.

Season Total (3 gms.): 35 carries, 155 yards, one touchdown

Five catches, 53 yards

SIT: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals Running Back vs. MIA

The Miami Dolphins are the best team at stopping the run this season, holding teams to an average of 56.8 yards per game. I don't see Green-Ellis breaking the trend.

Season Total: 82 carries, 286 yards, two touchdowns

Six catches, 46 yards

START: Darren Sproles, New Orleans Running Back vs. SD

Sproles is one reception behind Jimmy Graham for the Saints' lead and has been targeted in the passing game 32 times. His value is not in the running game, but his ability to catch and run makes him an enticing start.

Season Total: 12 carries, 82 yards

23 catches, 203 yards, two touchdowns

SIT: C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills Running Back at SF

Don't let the stats fool you, the cards are still stacked against Spiller this week. He'll be playing with a sore shoulder against one of the league's premier rush defenses, all the while splitting carries with Fred Jackson.

Season Total: 41 carries, 341 yards, three touchdowns

Nine carries, 119 yards, one touchdown

START: Eric Decker, Denver Broncos Wide Receiver at NE

Decker is the most targeted wide receiver on the Denver Broncos and has been one of the most consistent wideouts in the league. He's had more than 50 yards every game this season and 15 receptions in the last two.

Season Total: 24 receptions, 322 yards, one touchdown

SIT: Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver at CIN

Hartline is the NFL's leading receiver, but he remains a wildcard from week to week. The Cincinnati Bengals secondary is having an underrated season thus far, giving up just 132.25 total yards per game to opposing wideouts.

Season Total: 25 receptions, 455 yards, one touchdown

START: Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver at KC

Smith has looked every bit ready to take the next step to becoming an elite receiver in the early going. He picked apart the Browns and Patriots secondary for 12 catches, 224 yards and three touchdowns the last two weeks.

Season Total: 16 receptions, 332 yards, three touchdowns

SIT: Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins Wide Receiver vs. ATL

Garcon is likely going to return from a foot injury this weekend against the Falcons, but he's still not 100 per cent. He doesn't feel right, so we don't feel right with starting him.

Season Total (2 gms.): Five catches, 129 yards

START: Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers Tight End vs. SEA

Olsen has been a pleasant surprise early in the season, with the fourth-most yards and sixth-most targets (31) among tight ends. He'll provide a nice safety valve for Cam Newton against the pesky Seattle pass rush.

Season Total: 20 catches, 256 yards, one touchdown

SIT: Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts Tight End vs. GB

You probably drafted Fleener for the purposes of inserting him into your lineup during a bye week, but this isn't a good week for that. Until he proves his Week 1 performance (six catches, 82 yards) wasn't a fluke, sit him down.

Season Total (3 gms.): Eight catches, 82 yards

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